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Narrative, Political Violence and Social Change

ISBN 9781032138701
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

Narrative, Political Violence and Social Change is a call for engaging actively and critically with the ontological, epistemological, and methodological implications of narrative in the study of political violence and terrorism.

Building on a basic framework of three modes of narrative – as lens, as data, and as tool – the chapters in this book demonstrate how the study of political violence and terrorism benefits from narrative inquiry as an interdisciplinary endeavour, in particular as regards diverging perceptions of social reality, the meanings of belonging, and the human drive for change. They showcase the substantial advances that scholars have made in this field to date and identify promising avenues for further research.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Narrative approaches to deradicalisation and counter-terrorism 
1. Disengagement from Political Violence and Deradicalization: A Narrative-Dialogical Perspective 
Raquel da Silva, Pablo Fernández-Navarro, Miguel M. Gonçalves, Catarina Rosa and Joana Silva 
2. Cultivating Trust and Perceptions of Source Credibility in Online Counternarratives Intended to Reduce Support for Terrorism 
Kurt Braddock and John F. Morrison 
PART 2: Narrative criminology and right-wing violence 
3. When Being Bad is Good? Bringing Neutralization Theory to Subcultural Narratives of Right-Wing Violence 
Sarah Colvin and Daniela Pisoiu 
4. Telling the Story of the National Socialist Underground (NSU): A Narrative Media Analysis 
Josefin Graef 
PART 3: Re-considering violent conflicts 
5. Peacebuilding Beyond Terrorism? Revisiting the Narratives of the Basque Conflict 
Ioannis Tellidis 
6. Recognizing Victims of Political Violence: Basque Literary Narratives as an Ethical Tool 
Irene G. Madina, Galo Bilbao and Angela Bermudez 

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Raquel da Silva is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal. She has published numerous articles and a monograph entitled Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants (Routledge 2019).

Josefin Graef is independent scholar whose work focuses on the uses of narrative for understanding contemporary European politics and societies. Her first monograph Imagining Far-right Terrorism: Violence, Immigration, and the Nation State in Contemporary Western Europe is forthcoming with Routledge.

Nicolas Lemay-Hébert is Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. His latest books are The Law and Practice of Peacekeeping (coauthored with R. Freedman and S. Wills; CUP 2021) and Normalization in World Politics (coauthored with G. Visoka; MUP 2022).